The Scandalous Life of King Carol. Barbara Cartland. London: Frederick Muller Ltd, 1957. Frontispiece portrait of King Carol. Many illustrations. 222 pages. Hardcover in Brodart Mylar jacket cover. Light soil to jacket. Sound binding, unmarked text. 1st page removed. 1 copy only.
Carol II (1893–1953) reigned as King of Romania from 8 June 1930 until his abdication on 6 September 1940. He was the eldest son of Ferdinand I and became crown prince upon the death of his grand-uncle, King Carol I in 1914. His life was marked by numerous scandals, among them marriages to Zizi Lambrino and Princess Helen of Greece and Denmark, daughter of King Constantine I of Greece. His continued affairs with Magda Lupescu obliged him to renounce his succession rights in 1925 and leave the country. Princess Helen eventually divorced him in 1928. King Ferdinand died in 1927 and Carol's five-year-old son ascended the throne as Michael I. Carol then returned to Romania in 1930 and replaced his son. In 1940, he was forced by his Prime Minister to leave the country and withdraw abroad into exile. He was succeeded by his son Michael.